417 Magazine: When did you get interested in the performing arts?
Adora Snead: Everyone in my family is musical, even back to my grandparents. They were in a traveling band, so music has really been in my family for a long time. The performing arts and theater, that started in elementary school, but I really got involved in it and started being in more productions in middle school.
417: How did The Milly Project get started?
A.S.: About two years ago, Milly’s story was published in the Springfield News-Leader and [former Willard High School theater teacher] Kendra Chappell, who’s the director and one of the writers of the show, found the article and she came to me one day and said, “Adora, you’ve got to read this article.” Months go by, we don’t talk about it again until we’re looking for a show to compete with for our readers theater the next year.
Kendra came up to me and she was like, ‘Hey, you should schedule an interview with Connie Yen [director of Greene County Archives and Record Center],’ and Giacomo Bologna, the journalist who wrote about [Milly], happens to be at the interview. Milly’s story really just gets laid on our hearts, and we get more people from the theater involved and decided we were going to write the show.